You might have forgotten about this name from the Cardinals' most recent glory days: Marlon Anderson
Anderson was a utility infielder on the Cardinals' 105-win juggernaut in 2004. He was an outstanding pinch hitter, and seemed to make a lot of very nice plays when the Cards needed it most -- most of them coming from somewhere out in short right field, right around the spot that Ronnie Belliard would later make his biggest plays. Anderson was just the sort of guy that Tony La Russa seems to get a little extra out of every year.
Anyhow, Doug Glanville
-- who has become a better columnist than he ever was a ballplayer -- gives his take in the New York Times
about Anderon's role in the Gary Sheffield deal
It's funny, how often we talk about making trades for star players, but how seldom anyone ever stops to consider what happens to the guys shunted aside when those deals are made.